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Awesome work wes keep up the good work
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Just a small update. Took Michelle in for the reaming 2 tires she needed.

$177.31 for 2, Mastercraft P235/75/15's mounted, balanced and the guy rotated the other new ones to the front for free.

Also, diagnosed 2 issues.

#1) The Axle Pivot bushings are SHOT. When I take off, I sometimes hear the classic "Clunk!" from it wiggling around. I already have the new bushings ($35.00? I can't remember) and the guy will install them for $80.00 (Sounds high, til you realize I have 0 air tools, no lift, and no truly level ground OR the ball joint press ($60.00-300.00) to do it with, and then the added part of me with back issues.)

#2) The truck kinda does a little "Bunny hop" when lightly braking from 35mph to a stop.

I had previously replaced the Rear Brake Drums with the new ones off Ethel, the 1994 F-150 I had previously (Was only installed 3 months before the accident). As I suspected, they were getting oblonged/worn in an elliptical shape, rather than round.

Cost for that is:

Labor for entire axle:$50.00
Turning each brake Drum down: $15/side, so $30.00
Brake Shoes: $35-ish (Gonna put Motorcraft on this time. I HATE the Wearever's from the partshouses.

So, to recap...Another $200.00 will have everything driving and stopping correctly!

*Also, Michelle turned 219,000 miles old yesterday.
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So, to recap...Another $200.00 will have everything driving and stopping correctly!

*Also, Michelle turned 219,000 miles old yesterday.
That's sure better than $200 each and every month on a new vehicle!
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wes any chance you got the courser at/2 tires by mastercraft
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wes any chance you got the courser at/2 tires by mastercraft
I just know they're Mastercraft A/T's and I love them...lol.

I'll be sure to check them out tomorrow for you.
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Michelle is 220,000 miles old!

She finally is 220,000 miles old now; Actually is about 220,400 atm.

Did a small trip the other day; 251 miles and filled up for 12.8 gallons which equals 19.6 mpg in very mixed conditions and a HOT day.
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Yesterday I picked up a pack of fuses and went through my fuseblock, sorting it out.

Now all the fuses are correct and got my Power Point sorted out; The plug had gotten bad. But now it's all working again, just need to toss a new plug in.

Slowly getting things ready to simply replace every part of the AC System except the Compressor and Condenser.
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Today I went to a friends' house and checked the compression on 5 of the 6 cylinders (It got too dark for #6).

Here's my findings:

#1: 137 psi
#2: 133 psi
#3: 133 psi
#4: 133 psi
#5: 150 psi*

All plugs were roughly .054" gaps; So I just re-gapped them at .054" and called it good.


Upon pulling the #5 Plug Wire off the Plug, the little metal connector out of the boot. So no idea how long it's been like that. Friggin' Duracrap Plug Wires.
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As of 5am this morning, I smacked the hell out of a frickin' deer with mine.

Luckily, it just caught its head and knocked it away.

randomly and amazingly, it didn't hurt anything but to crack a turn signal lense (I have a spare set) and it shattered the HOUSING of the D/S Headlight. Lens was intact, and no issues. WTF.

Anyways...I'll fix it when I can.

Oh, and Michelle rolled over to 222,088 miles in the driveway this morning.
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222,450 miles

Greased the hinge area of my tailgate and did some lubing of the handle pivots as well.

no more hanging tailgate handle, and everything latches/moves like day 1 again.

Also cleaned the cab out, and did a thorough cleaning of the windshield.




On another note, I'm up for another oil change.
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222,900 Mi

Rotated the tires RF to LR and LF to RR. Next rotation will be Front to Rear.


Still needing an oil change; But today I removed the fiberglass portion of the Cervini's hood, and the wheel arch trim. Seems the trim has been allowing rust to propagate.
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226,500mi

My inner pinterest ***** kicked in at work last night...

This is the final product from last night. I really couldn't see paying $50-100 for another 22 year old Dash Pad that'll inevitably crack just like this one did.
So my inner Pinterest-man came out in me at work last night.
Less than $10 and still have a ton of fabric left over to do my Map Pockets. Will need 2 more yards to re-cover my Headliner... Still less than $15.00 though.




Also, painted my E brake assembly and pedal "Arms" with gloss black paint:


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My wife walked by and commented on the dash cover....she approved
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BAHAHAHA! That's awesome.
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New Alternator @ 231,xxx miles (12-13-2014)

Truck is up and running.

Charging at a HEALTHY 14.32v at the Battery.
The alternator (A reman'd Motorcraft unit) had failed.

Total cost so far:
-$40.00-Diagnosis/Troubleshooting by Bill Harper @ Harper's Garage
-$115.30-Tough One brand 80amp Alternator from Advance Auto (ick!)
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$145.30 total, and me installing the "new" Alternator myself (Literally took me $15 minutes TOPS

I was on the right track with the troubleshooting, using my personal knowledge of the truck and mechanical skills; I simply had no actual tester.
Although I'd metered the output voltage at like 8.42v while the truck was running. I simply wasn't sure if it was the Alternator itself; or the Exciter Wire (Known issues for this era Ford Truck) had a short.
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